Palmer looks to GP2 success for Singapore boost

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Joylon Palmer is hoping that his previous success racing in Singapore in the GP2 feeder series will provide him with the boost that he needs for a breakthrough result in Formula One next weekend.

With only seven races left in the 2016 season, Palmer is running out of time to prove himself at Grand Prix level and needs some strong results if he is to stand a chance of retaining his seat at Renault for another year.

Palmer has yet to score a point in his maiden season in Formula One, but is hoping that his race-winning GP2 performance in 2014 will give him the level playing field that he needs in order to finally be able to show what he can do.

"I’ve raced and won there in the GP2 Series and it was one of my best wins. In fact, I raced there two years running and both years were very good. It’s a better opportunity for a stronger result.

"I love Singapore and it’s a totally different challenge from Monza. It’s a street race with close walls taking place at night so it’s a unique event on the calendar.

"It’s a cool feeling driving at night as you can see the circuit very clearly from the lights but your vision is channelled as the background is in darkness.

"The final sector is a real challenge with the section under the grandstand. It’s tight over the bridge too so you need your wits about you. Stringing a perfect lap together is a real challenge!

"Over the bridge and the middle of the lap are pretty tough to get right as you’re braking as you turn so it’s easy to lock a wheel, and the last sector is very tight and twisty.

"[Overtaking] certainly is a challenge, but turn six at the end of the first sector/beginning of the second sector where the DRS comes in is the main overtaking opportunity and then braking into turn seven. The track is pretty tight in other places and it’s always pretty slippery when you do go offline."

But as far as Palmer is concerned, Singapore has an even bigger attraction off the track as well.

"The great thing about the race is that it’s right in the centre of the city so you’re surrounded by everything you could want. You don’t have to go far for a good restaurant. It’s great to sample the local culture."

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